The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba has bolstered the Manchester United squad, and now manager Jose Mourinho is looking to get rid of the dead weight. Ex-manager David Moyes has now stepped in to sign two of the club’s young defenders for Sunderland.
The original heir to legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes faced a traumatic season at Old Trafford. The Scotsman was sacked 10 months into the job, as the Red Devils finished in 7th place that season. After a stint at Real Sociedad, Moyes is now back in the Premier League with Sunderland. As soon as he joined the club, he stated his interest in two of his former wards at Man United, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj.
Moyes is now closing in on the signing of two United players, but they aren’t Fellaini and Januzaj. Sunderland have agreed a £6 million fee with Manchester United for Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair and Scottish full-back Donald Love, according to The Guardian.
The duo, both 21 years of age, have risen up through the academy ranks and played bit-part roles in Louis van Gaal’s injury-plagued campaign last time around. The report adds that they although have admirers at Old Trafford, the move is considered in the best interests of the players. Moyes has already signed Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea for £8 million since taking charge at the Stadium of Light.
Manchester United are set for a massive re-haul under new manager Jose Mourinho. However there haven’t been many exits from United, with the release of Victor Valdes and Nick Powell the only notable departures so far. The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are all reportedly on the chopping list, with the former German captain even relegated to the reserve team in recent weeks.
The exit of the two youngster ushers in the beginning of a hectic period of change for the Red Devils, as they try to find the best possible deals to move on the players who do not feature in the plans of their new Portuguese task master. It could also fuel fears that Mourinho is harming the development of youth players at the club, although he has already assured the more impressive youngsters of a future at Old Trafford.